ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Prince Roland Emmy Olalekan Olajide, born on October 23, 1949, and passed away on February 1, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Dns Christianah Oluyide on February 25, 2021
Who are we to query God???? Uncle Lekan, you did not sound like someone who is ready to go home when we were talking on Saturday January 30th only to hear your demise on Monday Feb1st, the source l heard it from can not be a costly joke anyway , l couldn’t gather myself up till now .
Baaaffiinnn ooooo, l will forever miss that soft Voice “Olori , have you seen the Trailer loaded with the Ejiyan yams and the fattest Cow tied on it ???My reply was always NO, Uncle will continue by saying Oh yes yes the Driver of the Trailer branched at the Gas Station, l Should be on the look out in the next five minutes he will be at my door step because he , Uncle Lekan would not want to loose his Olori in the hands of the Oyinbos who will come with $10 dowry
Those were his jokes all the time .Very jovial and loving .Uncle, greet those who have gone before you Your Mum, Your Dad, Your brother who was my husband——Prince Elijah Adebayo Oluyide.
Adieu Uncle Lekan, rest on in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour till We’ll meet to part no more in that beautiful Garden on that Glorious day, Where and When We shall part no more.
Kaaree oooo Omo Ala, Omo Eleni, Omo Aromoyo Omo Elerinjiyan kin dade akun wejiweji Omo oteere ale yo K’omode Ejiyan e sofe Omo Olodu Okun. Omo Alaaye L’Efon Omo onisugudu kii beere Ojatimotimo, Omo Alaso Osun bi adodo..........Sun re o, Sun re o Sun re ooooooo
Posted by Cindy O. on February 23, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND... ROLAND OLALEKAN EMMY OLAJIDE.. Roland Olalekan Olajide.. really? Did he die? Is this a joke, a dream or an April fools' joke on February 1? Or could this have been a combination of jokes all rolled into a scary nightmare? If indeed he died, is this not confirming life, being a walking shadow that life really has no substance but it is spiritual. It has to be spiritual and still strange to believe that I, Jumoke Ogunkeyede have finished earthly interactions with Alaska, Alaskoko and if we ever cross paths again, it is in my subconscious or unconscious state? It is strange that this Prince, whose part crossed mine in Class Two, at an Ionian school, Ilesa Grammar School, will no longer be my earthly friend? Alaska came to Ilesa Grammar School and the school knew a child is enrolled today. That today was January, 1965. It was Form Two or Class 2B that registered him in its roster. Within a span of about six weeks, he became a class celebrity and within six months, he became a school celebrity. He got in trouble a couple of times with Papa Oriowo, our Yoruba teacher who had been teaching at Ilesa Grammar School since 1937! He also cross paths with Papa Lucas who was the first Interim Principal in February, 1934 when our school first opened to admit students. But Alaska, who consciously took that acronym because in those days and beginning from 1966, the American Mission(Embassy) were busy brain-washing little kids as to how great America was during the Cold War by recruiting our young minds to prefer America to Russia of old and come to preselected secondary school campuses and would take about 90 minutes of our time on campus on Wednesdays, consistently and show a film with same title every week. The title of those films as we knew it were FOCUS ON PROGRESS. These serialized film will send messages to us as young students to believe America was better than Russia. That a poor American could ride a 'long' car, (a Chevrolet), could live in a highrise. Building and his apartment could be reached through an elevator even, if that apartment was on 14th floor!! We were eager to watch these films that were designed to make us like America instead of Russia. One Wednesday, FOCUS ON PROGRESS showed one episode on life in Alaska, a State in the USA. It was so enticing and interesting, that was how my friend decided that he would not study in any other country but the USA and his preferred State to live in would be ALASKA!!! And because Lekan Olajide was a member of the school band, it did not take long for the name to stick. Family and close friends would remember that he told his father that if he was not sent to America after the secondary school education, he would never go to school again! After secondary school education, he took a teaching job in a remote part of the old Western Region, which is part of Oyo State now, to hide from his father who proposed The University of Ibadan or Lagos. Immediately Pa Olajide saw that he could lose a child by not acceding to what Lekan wanted, he sent him abroad landing in Paris first before crossing to Chicago in America. Aside from the fact that Pa Olajide was a blue Royal blood who became a Kabiesi in Ejinyan, a town tucked inside Ipoti, Lekan's father was a renowned educationist he was a famous Principal popular across the length and breath of the old Western Region. His mother, a kind and beautiful woman from the popular Olayomi family was a trained nurse from England who became a Matron at the Seventh Day Hospital in Ile Ife. Mama was a class, she was elegant and dainty and she carried the dignity and allure of an Olori, even those days. As children, we played some pranks that our parents must not know. For example, I was the 'boyfriend' of Alaska's mother. She would come to visit Alaska in school, and we would prostrate with our chins touching the ground but after we would have accoumpanied Alaska to seeing his Mom to her car and she would have given all of us biscuits and shared the Krola(Coke) that she brought, this beautiful mother would zoom off in her car if I am not mistaken, it was a Vauxall or a Peugeot 403. Then, she would become my 'girlfriend' again. When she died, I cried bitterly. I even took ill. I don't remember which of my friends in school was my mother's 'boyfriend'. Those were the good old days! Alaska was affable. He was a lady's man. He would always use four handkerchiefs with one protecting his white shirt from getting dirty around the neck, another one in his left knicker or trouser pocket, a third tucked into the left back pocket of his trouser hanging out for all to see and the forth held delicately in the palm of his right hand. Lekan Olajide loved life. Lekan Olajide loved family. Alaska was a lone bird who lead a successful siblings to success. To Alaska, there were no cousins. You are either a brother or a sister, a son or a daughter. He was a beautiful Olori Ebi. Cindy, Laura and Lekan Jnr, who I will henceforth call Alaska, should be proud to have been fathered by. Roland Emmy Olalekan Olajide. Yes, I know how he felt about you and the fact that all was well between him and you my children, Alaska will rest in Peace. Omo Olajide, this is how Alaska would beat his chest and say with pride, "EMI OMO OLAJIDE" . The three of you should take a cue from that and wear that badge of being an Olajide with your head raised high with pride. You came from a family that you should be proud of. He would not have died in vain if you continuously raise that name to another level. With your Aunty Iyabo, your Aunty Folasade, your Uncle Dr. Kunle, your Aunty in England whose name skips my aging memory and your roots in Olayomi's family, Gbenga that I remember, you cannot fail. Alaska, I am part of your family I will miss you until I die. I am Otunba Jumoke Ogunkeyede (JMK)
Posted by Cindy O. on February 19, 2021
Daddy, you are a true example of someone to look up to. You are the definition of selfless. Since I can remember you never forget a birthday, you always found the time to always remember people. You made time to show up to special occasions of family and friends. You always kept others in your prayers. If you ever felt slighted, I never heard of it. Growing up you always taught me to kill people with kindness because it will always get you further in life. Daddy you are a strong man that carried burden with grace. You never wanted me to feel your pain but yet you understood mine. I guess that's what a father does. You were my level head when i needed it and now you are gone. You were so many things to so many people and sometimes I envied that because I wanted you to myself. But this is life as I'm starting to realize, we are here for a period of time and then gone. You lived a well rounded life , though I wanted more, It was God's wish to call you home sooner than later. You're in good company, I"m sure of that. Daddy, I love you and may your sweet soul sleep in heavenly peace. You did good. I love you forever.
Posted by Sola Olajide on February 19, 2021
Remembering my Dear Uncle Lekan! So much more than an uncle. We called him big daddy !!! because he was a dad in many ways to all of us. I already miss the regular check up calls! The voice that rumbled with love as he picked up the phone and says "Solabomi!!!!.......Solabomi!!!!!!How are ya?! " It's still doesn't feel real. Writing this is confusing and feels final. It hurts that he did not get the opportunity to meet my children and hold them. I especially fear the thought of forgetting big daddy's laugh ......and voice. Especially saying "Love you son! You take care now". I wish we had more time. I wish I got the opportunity to say Goodbye. I wish I got to say I love you one last time. In all things, we trust in God. Rest in the lord and by his grace we will sing songs together by our saviours side on that resurrection morning!
Posted by Moji Adekale mojmak on February 17, 2021
I was speechless when l heard of your passing especially as you were the one who announced the passing of my darling husband Akin just a few days before to your other friends. You kept calling and sending me prayers and words of encouragement.
I remember your roaring laughters at our home in Detroit in 1976 during and after our wedding and reception with others of your friends.
I can't forget my recent laughing at you and Akin throwing banters at each other with the appellation '' Lizard" a word known only to your youthful inner circle a few days before.
We thank God for your life and the legacy of goodness you have left behind. He has called you home into His glory just at the right time to take your place among His angels. May the grace and mercy of God speak for you in His presence. Rest in the peace of God.
Mrs. Moji Adekale.
Posted by Flora Daniels on February 17, 2021
Remembering the last outing we shared in Delaware in 2019 and our subsequent trip to Enterprise Car Rentals in Easton MD still reminds me of your caring generous and loving heart towards your wife and all who were dear to her.  The news of your demise still leaves me in shock!!!  And so it happened without a farewell but as believers in Christ Jesus; we can only say “goodnight” because we look forward to that Resurrection morning.  To live in the hearts of those that love you is not to die, Our dear brother, rest in the bosom of your Maker. Your better half Olusola and all of us dear to her will do our best to care about her. Rest peacefully and May light perpetual shine on your soul. Amen
Posted by Foluso Olanipekun on February 17, 2021
Daddy Olajide,
Rest in peace in the bosom of your maker.
Posted by Modupe Deborah on February 17, 2021
It's such a shock to hear that you are gone Grandpa, you will forever be missed, but until resurrection morning where we'll see to part no more, sleep on dearest Big Daddy and Grandpa.
Posted by Funmilade Olaniyonu on February 16, 2021
Tribute to a Loving Brother
The demise of Brother Lekan came as a rude shock to us in our family. He was a man of divine wisdom,full of cheerful disposition and radiant life.
I recalled the last time we met it was at the wedding ceremony of Dr AYO Eniolotu’s first daughter’s wedding.
He was so appreciative of my coming around and he prayed wholeheartedly for me. The love he displayed to his siblings is the same he spread towards their friends and associates.
Brother Lekan you loved your family and friends unconditionally.
You came, you saw and you conquered. 
Oh death!!! where is thy sting!!! Thank God for the gift of Jesus our great comforter.
Fading away like the stars of the morning, you will always be remembered for what you have done.
Sleep on noble prince till we meet to part no more
Adieu to a gallant soldier of Christ
Sunre o.
Ao pade lese Jesu .

Prof & Mrs Olaniyonu.
Posted by Ajibola Olukunle on February 14, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A REAL FRIEND: Lekus, Lekus where are YOU!!! I refuse to believe you are gone. I refuse to even think you are DEAD; just like that, unceremoniously and without warning? It took several days of pain and agony before the reality dawned on my wife and I that you , Lekan Olajide had departed this sinful world. It was a rude shock as well as a rude awakening to my family because Lekan and I spoke on the phone on January 27, 2021. He gave no inkling into any impending disaster as this has proved to be, to us his very long time friends. For fifty years plus, Lekan remained a consistently reliable, responsible and dependable friend. We lived in the same Oremeji compound off Ososami Road, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, from our teenage years to early 20s. We were very close and we literally became family. We remained good friends even after we came over to the US in the early 70s. There was nothing too much of a secret we could not share. Our talks were always free of reservations and a hold-no-punches affairs. Every meeting was always fun but could turn very serious and matter-of-factly when it needed to be; not minding each other's unrealistic emotions, common sense always prevailed, most of the time. Lekan's always friendly and ebullient nature helped to build and solidify relationships with all kinds of people. In those early youthful days, Lekan Olajide, the ever sanguine character from a school in Ilesha influenced a few of us boys who schooled in the capital city Ibadan on how to let go some of our social inhibitions!  Lekan, the ever immaculately and elegantly dressed guy to match occasions, was also a giver; Lekan a giver of love and appreciation to family and friends alike, could equally be generous to a fault. My friend was always quick to appreciate little gifts and even valuable pieces of advice, "Wo, ose e, ore mi, aada fun e lagbara Edumare", he would say from deep down his heart! However, later in life, I came to realize that my well mannered, fashionable friend was only subconsciously displaying the in-born princely instinct in him. Lekan, my great friend, a great lover, a magnificent husband, a wonderful father, had an unforgettable personality and will be missed tremendously among his friends and families for his amiable ways of dealing with people, young and old. My wife, Bunmi terribly misses " broda Lekan " as she had always addressed him even before Lekan and I knew she would finally be my wife !  We thank God for Lekan Olajide's life; we thank God for His family as well as the extended families. For everyone and everything he left behind, we give glory to Almighty God. May the Lord continue to bless them and prosper and endow them with very good health in the name of Jesus, Amen. May the  gentle soul of Lekan Roland Emmy Olajide, a faithful, trustworthy, ever loving friend rest in perfect peace at the bosom of the Lord, Amen. Sunre oo! My friend, the gorgeous Prince!!!  FROM: MR & MRS BOLA OLUKUNLE.
Posted by Dapo Awe on February 14, 2021
Death is inevitable, it is a journey that everyone must take. Oftentimes we wish death wasn’t a part of life, we wish we would just stay alive on earth with our dear ones not dying. But unfortunately, we cannot. Our prayer is that we fulfill our days on earth and grow old before our time is up. We wish we had more time to continue to appreciate you. May Our Lord comfort and sustain your family, your wife and children now and always. On behalf of the Joshua Babafemi Awe clan I pray God Almighty keep you safe resting in perfect peace till resurrection day, Amen! ADIEU DEAR UNCLE LEKAN OLAJIDE!!!!!!!!

Dapo & Eniola Awe
Posted by Cindy O. on February 14, 2021
Happy Valentine's day to the man that loved me first ❤ I love you, Daddy and may you rest in heavenly peace.
Posted by Toyin Awoseyi on February 14, 2021
Bro lekan
Just like a candle in the wind
Your sudden departure from mother earth was so shocking
Just over a year ago you became very visible in my life, with constant calls and family jists
Such a lovely uncle
you didn't stop showing your affection towards us the children of Late John Adebayo OLAYOMI your maternal uncle and father..
You remain irreplaceablel ike a man of peace that you are your death was peaceful
Uncle mi, continue to rest in the peaceful bossom of your heavenly father till the resurrection day.
Didun ni iranti olododo
Chief Mrs toyin awoseyi
Née olayomi
Yeye asoju oba
Oke Ila oragun
Posted by femiloye jegede on February 14, 2021
When I got the shocking news of your untimely passing, a multitude of question bombarded my thoughts. What happened? How? Why you? Why now? I have a lot of questions which I'm sure will continue to remain unanswered. I struggle to come into terms about your passing day by day, While I'm thinking, how can all this be true. I wish I was there to hold your hand, maybe I could have had the chance to changed your mind to stay a little longer. I never got the chance to say goodbye. It hurts brother Lekan, it hurts, but who am I to question our maker. I take my solace in the fact that you loved and was loved. May the good Lord welcome you into His presence and may your gentle soul rest in His peace. This isn't a good bye my dearest brother .May we meet again until then rest easy in love.
Posted by morenike jegede on February 14, 2021
if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. so whether we live or die, we belong to the lord. Romans 14; 8.
As I sit and write to you my heart aches with sadness. My though are in complete disarray, many tears still flow. They flow not for losing you but of the sweet memories you have left behind. What it means to lose you, one will never come to know. You are a loving father and a faithful friend who was always determine to please and loath to offend. my darling friend I will miss you very much. we will continue to hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain. Until we embrace each other again. Rest soundly with love.  
Posted by Olaide Akintomide on February 13, 2021
Tribute to an ICON uncle Lekan Olajide
from Mrs Olaide Akintomide


A big brother, who gelled with both the very young and old, friends to most of us in this generation.
I have known uncle Lekan through my father Emmanuel Adekunle Oludumila who was close to his father Kabiyesi and Papa Olajide, during my father’s life time, he used to sing uncle Lekan’s praises all of the time, having known him growing up.
Incidentally when l met uncle Lekan later, he also spoke well of my father, how he met my father at Omuo Ekiti, our home town and uncle Lekan has since dealt very warmly with me.
Uncle Lekan was a loving man, who did not cast you aside as some would do due to generational gap. Uncle Lekan was always cheerful, and l recognised his good sense of humour, impeccable sense of respect for self, others, he was very fashionable, smart looking and always with a nice poise and demeanour. Indeed uncle Lekan was regal and a charming Prince, never a dull moment with him.
One could readily perceive his deep sense of inclusiveness, especially within his family as an AROLE and Oloriebi as Yorubas would describe him.
It was such a rude shock at the knowledge of his passing, but our unquestionable God reigns!!!
Thank God for your life uncle Lekan.
Sleep on sir until the resurrection morning, where all saints shall gather at the Lord’s assembly, where there will be no more sad parting, no more heartbreaking and no more pain.
Praise God.
Posted by Femi Olubodun on February 13, 2021
I met Broda Lekan for the first time at a wedding in Atlanta Georgia in December 2017. Oh, the love and warmth with which he embraced me when I was introduced to him. Only a brief moment of time together on this terrestrial terrain but enough such that I will know him by his smile and his warmth when next we meet around the beautiful throne among the redeemed.
Posted by Bola Ola on February 12, 2021
Dear daddy, so sad to hear of your passing on to glory. May Almighty God comfort and strengthen your family at this difficult time. May your soul rest in peace
Posted by M EDYANG-EKPA on February 12, 2021
Dear Brother Lekan, I never knew you in person but virtually during the Covid-19 Lockdown. What I want to register is the amiable way you and your love-bird wife my sister and childhood friend Sho-sho Omo olopa, igo loju alangba used to gel together in your fori-fori goggles! Adieu brother. Rest in peace.
Posted by Julia Kirton on February 12, 2021
We are all saddened and shocked by your loss. Gone too soon. You will be dearly missed.

Lanre, Dabira and Julia.
Posted by Olaitan Olayomi on February 12, 2021
Uncle Lekan, your passing came as a shock to me but i know you are sitting in the arms of the Lord. I remember our last conversation and how happy you were. That gives me great pleasure to know. Death may have taken you away but you will remain alive in my heart. Rest in perfect peace my Uncle.
Posted by Adeniyi Bolaji on February 12, 2021
Good Night daddy, Till we meet again to part no more on ressurection morning. Rest on in the bosom of the Lord.
Posted by Yewande Oluwatoyin Akasio... on February 12, 2021
MY BIG DADDY
My nulli secondus
My primus inter pares
My numero uno
My number one
The first amongst equals

You taught me valuable lessons in life I would learn.
You taught me to respect;
To be humble, selfless and
To be contented.
You instilled in me great values that I will cherish for the rest of my life

You were an embodiment of love
You have been a constant source of support, encouragement and admonition to my brother and I.
A true father, like a mother hen you monitored our progress with eagle eyes you were our ever forthright critic.
You accommodated my excesses these years and never loved me less. You were uniquely exceptional, a faultless giver, very contented and kind hearted.
You made sure you gave of your best to ALL

You made people smile effortlessly, you were an advocate of unity and strong bond within the family.

Never had I heard you grumble, you are so peaceful and loving, all you want for all of us is to excell

In my darkest hour you came through for me and changed the narrative, you brought to fore narratives long forgotten. You walked me through my darkest valley into the pathway of hope. You told me I will find love again and yes, I did!

You are truly an angel in earthly raiment.

Your faith and confidence in God is amazing ( all I hear you say is “oba mi òrun a bùkún fun ę”)meaning my Heavenly Father will bless you.

You encouraged me on so many fronts, you never ceased to remind me that hard work and uprightness pays.

You treated my husband AK like your own son, I remember fighting you over the phone because you showed more love to him, how could I have known that it’s the love you had for me that cascaded to him. You two became inseparable as you call him every other week.

Over the years, you have proven to be a dependable father, friend and confidant.

You always wanted to meet all my friends in the USA cos according to you, “show me your friends... I was too childish to comprehend, I thought you were being overprotective, now I wish you were here to meet them. They all attested to my flawless upbringing, they want to meet you and your siblings ( all of you that raised and moulded me)

I am super proud of the woman I have grown to be all courtesy of you.

Your support for me during the early foray into the murky waters of marriage helped me to be strong, tenacious, focused and determined.

Of a truth, the best view comes after the hardest climb, this I have come to understand years after you told me.

I wish you were here much longer, I wish the cruel hand of death never snatched you from me so early
So much to say to you big daddy.

You longed to hold my children, you never failed to tell me that, it was one of your greatest desires,Yeah.

Your words of wisdom and depth in issues reverberate in my heart. You are the poster man for empathy and care. You bend over double to accommodate and go the extra mile for any cause you believe in.
I marvel at your endless love for your family

How can I forget that ride from Clinton to Easton and back? We talked, we sang, we stopped to shop and ate. You even bought me toiletries, essentials and vitamins. You promised to always refill my meds whenever I am low on supply.
But death will not allow you fulfill that one promise.

And now my lonely journey without you will begin. The hand of time wheels on in perpetuity, the pain does not cease it only slide

I pray you are happy
And finally at peace.

Till we meet again big daddy
I remain yours truly
Awandę
Posted by Iyabode Olajide on February 12, 2021
Tribute to my godly brother
*And The Man Died!!!*
I will not dignify death with any sense of mourning or allow it’s ugly nature to rob my brother Prince Olalekan Emmanuel Omoniyi Roland Olajide (23rd October 1949 - 1st February 2021) the beauty of his life and the impact he made while he sojourned for all the good years of fullness he spent with us.
My brother’s disposition to life has been that of courage, kindness, family, valor, command, love, generosity, friendliness, fairness and cheerfulness with zero tolerance for total breakup in relationship.
What a pity! O ma se o! You were full of life , beautiful in and out! A man with a large heart, very accommodating and selfless to humans he came across both old and young.
Thank you sir for looking after your siblings, our children and grandchildren.
Believe me, it is now that you are dead that I know your worth.
Your faith in Christ is fantastic, you believed and hoped in Him. You were contented and not envious.
A prayer warrior, though of few words but with hope and assurance that God has answered.
My friends were your friends and so were the friends of our siblings, you formed good relationships with our friends and they called you brother also.
Really, death where is thy sting? My brother meant different things to different people, he was a teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, friend, husband, father, brother, critic, politician... it depends on what side he decides to turn to you.
To my siblings and I, he was all of the above and much more. My brother had different sides for different situations.
Omo elékù lárède, omo ako nií’ bi ęiyę ti í ké. Omo elétí lęla jì b’ęko, omo a múgbá rojà métí kólá á lé, omo agbó k’esí kú.
Omo Obaláayè kí í dádé àkún węjiwęji. Odù Ęjiyàn, ó m’óó se b’ónijogún Ó r’ogun ó gba dimodimo, o fàìrogunjà, ó bú kę kę kę, Omo a jíkùtù j’oyè àba rę.
Adieu my brother, àrólé Afoláyanká.
Rest well my beloved.
Your sister
Iyabode Olusola
Posted by Yomi olajide on February 12, 2021
Lord, those who die still live in your presence, their lives change but do not end. May they rejoice in your Kingdom where all our tears wiped away. Grant my Big Cousin eternal rest.
Posted by Gbemi Olajide on February 11, 2021
Where do I even begin? My Big Daddy , my heart mourns for you. Not enough I love you’s or I miss you can be said to express how much you are appreciated. Only you Uncle, would call every weekend, birthday and holiday to check in on myself and my family. I pray that I never forget the warmth of your voice calling me “Princess” and the depth of your laugh that could light up any room. Thank you for always looking out for the best interest of all of us. I wish I could have said goodbye and given you the biggest hug. Till we meet again.
Posted by MATTHEW ADEKEMI on February 11, 2021
Eternal rest grant him oh Lord.
Gentle soul, good person. I am sure that you know we will all miss you. Yes, we will miss your kind approach to life. Rest in peace. Rest in the Lord your creator.
Our condolence goes to the family. May God be with you all.
Posted by MATTHEW ADEKEMI on February 11, 2021
Eternal rest grant Him oh God.
A gentle soul, a wonderful person. I am sure that you know that you will be missed by all. Rest in perfect peace. Jesus loves you. Our condolences go to the entire family. Oluwa yio da nyin si fun ogo Re o. Amin
Posted by Adekemi Alao nee Olajide on February 11, 2021
Tribute to caring and loving big big Cousin. You a father indeed ,so concerned about others well being. I will never forget the impact you made in ensuring that all is well with my brother.You called me telling that I am too far from you that I should always call you from time to time. .Which did on several occasions. You will forever be remembered. Our prince with a golden heart. Sleep on till resurrection morning
Posted by Wale Akappo on February 11, 2021
Daddy, February 2nd, 2021 when your demise news came to my ears, I thought I was deaf and I could not imagine to hear such about you because you were a loving father to me and Wande. Ever since we were babies, I remember taking after your name "I love ROLAND"; hmmm my heart is broken I keep remembering your words of guidance to me concerning my work, my family and my health; how to keep it together as a man. I thank God when I visited you in Maryland and our visit to church together; you prayed beside me and sang hymns to God. I thank God for your life. Indeed, God is with you Daddy.You have left your memory in my heart which nobody can erase. I pray to see you on the resurrection morning. Rest In peace Omo Olorun. I will miss your words of encouragement Dad
Posted by Goke Olajide on February 11, 2021
EULOGY FOR OUR DEPARTED "OLORI EBI" OF ABOLOYINJO DYNASTY.

Our departed Olori ebi of Aboloyinjo dynasty was such a selfless man who touched so many lives. He was very attentive and would listen to everyone's problems and offer solutions to them. Fortunately, he was remarkably intelligent and filled with wisdom that his siblings, relations, colleagues and friends could always count on him.

Unfortunately, death suddenly snatched him away from us. Everything still seems like a nightmare to me because we had unfinished assignment together. I never knew I was speaking with him for the last time when we spoke on phone recently. You will forever lives in my heart. Adieu till we meet at resurrection morning.

Goke Olajide.
Posted by Folasade Adedeji (nee Ol... on February 11, 2021
Broda Lekan t'emi ni kan. "Olori Ebi Bambam ",please let someone tell me that it's a dream and not a fact dt my loving senior brother is gone, gone from us until the resurrection morning! Quite unbelievable! U were a father in Israel. A brother par excellence. You were never one to 'stomach' nonsense,but lately you stomach but lately you 'stomached' more than nonsense, because you no longer reacted as usual when u felt we behaved below expectation. Little did we know that you were silently bidding us farewell. What a shock! Who will henceforth sing for me the lullaby our parents sang for me when I was a baby? You sang it for me every year when celebrating my birthday before you prayed for me. You singing that song always made me happy and fulfilled. U were just simply wonderful! How I wish your death is not real. You related to our children and their their spouses even more than we do. They called U "Big Daddy".Your were great! You were their Big Daddy indeed. You took & treated my husband as your own blood brother & not as brother -in -law. U loved to spoil me in so many ways,especially by your demonstrated generosity to me. Death do not be proud, because soon you too will be swallowed up in victory. Until the resurrection morning my loving senior brother, rest on in the bosom of our Lord Jesus. Adieu!
Posted by Mrs Abimbola Olajide on February 10, 2021
Is this true or am I dreaming? What happened to Big Daddy? Is he really gone? What now happens to our regular Sunday calls, checking on me and the children, grandchildren, my mother and siblings? Big Daddy, you have left a big vacuum in me that will be quite difficult if not impossible to fill. What happens to all those beautiful conversations on the way forward with Nigeria? What happens to the words of encouragement “kò ní rẹ̀ ẹ́ o”; “Make sure you take your multivitamins regularly, okay?” And you would always conclude our conversation with the words “O ṣé o”. However, we cannot question God. But it is comforting to know that your legacy lives on. The beautiful memories, your trips to visit us in Canada, your regular words of encouragement, those beautiful gifts to the children and myself, and also celebrating landmark events together will be missed in no small way, but they are ingrained in our memories forever. Thank you Big Daddy. Enjoy your sweet rest in the bosom of the Lord. See you in the Morning!
Posted by Olakunle Olajide on February 10, 2021
My Brother! My Father! My Leader! This is not the way it should have been o. You did not give me any warning sign that you would leave so suddenly, or maybe you gave me subtle signs in your own way but I thought you were too invincible to die and would live for much longer. Now I know how so blindly wishful I was in that my assumption which was so unbecoming of me, a medical doctor! So much yet undone Broda, and so much left undiscussed! Death stole you from me so stealthily and so suddenly. But who am I to question God who allowed it? For I know He does only good and never evil. I have surrendered all to Him who knows all things. I thank God for the fruitful and fun times that we had together, and for the unequalled older sibling love and indulgence that you lavished on me. I thank God for your children, my wonderful nieces and nephew, for in them I know I will continue to see you and feel your presence always. Fare the well my great egbon! May light perpetual shine on you. I will surely miss you in unimaginable ways. But I look forward with unshakable faith to that glorious dawn of the resurrection of the saints, when our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ shall come again in glory to raise you up from your sleep and we shall meet once more to never part again. Until then, Big Bro, Sleep On and Sleep Well! Adieu!
Posted by Adedeji Adebimpe on February 10, 2021
Big Daddy I really miss you, never knew you would leave us so suddenly. You have left a big void in my heart , I wish i expressed how much i loved you when you were here with us. You were a good man, you advised me and checked up on me everyday with ur calls. I am saddened that death took you away. How I wish I could turn back the hand of time, but God said in all things we should give Him thanks. Your death left a big scar in our hearts but your legacy will stand in our life. I will never forget you and you will always remain my dearest Big daddy
Love from Ariyo Adebimpe ( Adedeji )
Posted by Olayide Olaniyan on February 9, 2021
"For me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21)
Daddy , it's really a shock to me that you are no more. Your inspirational words, love and encouragement to me in my bleak years gave me the strength to forge ahead.
I will miss your calls and texts asking after the welfare of the children. Every milestone of achievement, you would send them gifts of money. Asking me" Iya BJ, send the pictures of my children that I may see them." Daddy, I will miss the prayers you always texted after seeing those pictures.
You always said, " when I see Tunde, I want to be able to give him good news."
Daddy, my heart bleeds, but I know you are now with your Saviour, the One you loved and adored.
Goodnight Daddy.

Aunty, the Lord will take care of you and He will uphold you.
It's a journey, the Lord will walk every inch of it with you. All the glory be unto Him.
Jesu wa nbe.
Posted by Stephen Olusegun on February 9, 2021
I cannot withstand missing you at this time my dear brother and our Olori-Ebi of Olajide Aboloyinjo Dynasty .
Your sudden demise has cost me your great affection , your time to time pieces of advice and your regular counsellings to me through our various telephone discussions .
The whole dynasty shall always miss your usual financial generosity , given to make sure that it (our dynasty) maintained its relevance .
Bye for now , sir , till we meet where we shall part no more .
Posted by olaleye adedeji on February 9, 2021
Thanks for the fatherly care...I am so happy you were closer to God during the last few years and I know that is the most important big daddy...We promise to stay closer to God as a big family so we can see you at the resurrection morning. If you are reading this, please give your life to Jesus Christ because nobody knows the next minute...Love you Dad..Sleep on...
Posted by Janet Babatope on February 9, 2021
Huuuun, Iku Doro, Iku seka, Iku mu Egbon bi Baba lo laarin wa. D Olori Ebi of (Aboloyinjo Olajide descendant). You are forever missed Buoda mi, Baba mi. Roland Olalekan Olajide Omo Afolayanka. I will miss your calls, your love for me and my family. You took my husband as if he is your blood brother. Huuuun, I'm short of words. Omo Odu Ejiyan, Omo Alegbeleye, Omo osun han tegbetegbe, Omo abegbe sun bi omi. Omo Alaaye a mojo gidigidi soro. You left us just like dat. Sun re oh till dat glorious morning dat we meet and part no more.
Posted by ABIOLA OLATOYOSI OJO on February 9, 2021
My Father And My Brother. The Prince Himself. Your Passing Away To The Great Beyond Is a Shock To Me. A Man Of Great Integrity. Full Of Compassion, Kind Hearted, Loving, Caring And Well Understanding Man. A Good Supporter In Any Crisis Or In Any Storm Of Life. A Straight Forward Man With Great Humility. Your Passing Away Is So Painful To Me. Rest In Peace. You Have Played A Good Role As A FATHER. GOODNIGHT BROTHER. REST IN THE BOSOM OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD. TILL WE SHALL SEE AND PARTED NO MORE. ALL THE ENTIRE FAMILY MISS YOU. YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES. GOODNIGHT SIR.
Posted by Abimbola Olajide on February 9, 2021
"The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."
       ..... William Shakespeare.

You did not just live, you lived a fulfilled and purposeful life.

We are certain that you are now in a better place. For this, we are thankful to God.

You left a legacy of good character and humility. You lived like a prince that you were.

You will forever be in our hearts.

Sleep on till the resurrection morning.
Posted by Sola Olajide on February 9, 2021
The long journey for both of us now begins in different directions after 24 years of love, laughter and trials.
" I thank God for the mountains
I thank Him for the storms He brought us through. For if we'd never had a problem, We wouldn't know God could solve them. We'd never know what faith in God could do".
While wondering what to write, I heard that still small voice say "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" "You brought him back home to me". What a glorious exit? No suffering, no pain .God hearkened to your heart's desires. Missing you already. Rest on daddy. Luvu.
Posted by Sola Olajide on February 9, 2021
To God be the glory, you finished the race well. You will be greatly missed.

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Posted by Dns Christianah Oluyide on February 25, 2021
Who are we to query God???? Uncle Lekan, you did not sound like someone who is ready to go home when we were talking on Saturday January 30th only to hear your demise on Monday Feb1st, the source l heard it from can not be a costly joke anyway , l couldn’t gather myself up till now .
Baaaffiinnn ooooo, l will forever miss that soft Voice “Olori , have you seen the Trailer loaded with the Ejiyan yams and the fattest Cow tied on it ???My reply was always NO, Uncle will continue by saying Oh yes yes the Driver of the Trailer branched at the Gas Station, l Should be on the look out in the next five minutes he will be at my door step because he , Uncle Lekan would not want to loose his Olori in the hands of the Oyinbos who will come with $10 dowry
Those were his jokes all the time .Very jovial and loving .Uncle, greet those who have gone before you Your Mum, Your Dad, Your brother who was my husband——Prince Elijah Adebayo Oluyide.
Adieu Uncle Lekan, rest on in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour till We’ll meet to part no more in that beautiful Garden on that Glorious day, Where and When We shall part no more.
Kaaree oooo Omo Ala, Omo Eleni, Omo Aromoyo Omo Elerinjiyan kin dade akun wejiweji Omo oteere ale yo K’omode Ejiyan e sofe Omo Olodu Okun. Omo Alaaye L’Efon Omo onisugudu kii beere Ojatimotimo, Omo Alaso Osun bi adodo..........Sun re o, Sun re o Sun re ooooooo
Posted by Cindy O. on February 23, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO A DEAR FRIEND... ROLAND OLALEKAN EMMY OLAJIDE.. Roland Olalekan Olajide.. really? Did he die? Is this a joke, a dream or an April fools' joke on February 1? Or could this have been a combination of jokes all rolled into a scary nightmare? If indeed he died, is this not confirming life, being a walking shadow that life really has no substance but it is spiritual. It has to be spiritual and still strange to believe that I, Jumoke Ogunkeyede have finished earthly interactions with Alaska, Alaskoko and if we ever cross paths again, it is in my subconscious or unconscious state? It is strange that this Prince, whose part crossed mine in Class Two, at an Ionian school, Ilesa Grammar School, will no longer be my earthly friend? Alaska came to Ilesa Grammar School and the school knew a child is enrolled today. That today was January, 1965. It was Form Two or Class 2B that registered him in its roster. Within a span of about six weeks, he became a class celebrity and within six months, he became a school celebrity. He got in trouble a couple of times with Papa Oriowo, our Yoruba teacher who had been teaching at Ilesa Grammar School since 1937! He also cross paths with Papa Lucas who was the first Interim Principal in February, 1934 when our school first opened to admit students. But Alaska, who consciously took that acronym because in those days and beginning from 1966, the American Mission(Embassy) were busy brain-washing little kids as to how great America was during the Cold War by recruiting our young minds to prefer America to Russia of old and come to preselected secondary school campuses and would take about 90 minutes of our time on campus on Wednesdays, consistently and show a film with same title every week. The title of those films as we knew it were FOCUS ON PROGRESS. These serialized film will send messages to us as young students to believe America was better than Russia. That a poor American could ride a 'long' car, (a Chevrolet), could live in a highrise. Building and his apartment could be reached through an elevator even, if that apartment was on 14th floor!! We were eager to watch these films that were designed to make us like America instead of Russia. One Wednesday, FOCUS ON PROGRESS showed one episode on life in Alaska, a State in the USA. It was so enticing and interesting, that was how my friend decided that he would not study in any other country but the USA and his preferred State to live in would be ALASKA!!! And because Lekan Olajide was a member of the school band, it did not take long for the name to stick. Family and close friends would remember that he told his father that if he was not sent to America after the secondary school education, he would never go to school again! After secondary school education, he took a teaching job in a remote part of the old Western Region, which is part of Oyo State now, to hide from his father who proposed The University of Ibadan or Lagos. Immediately Pa Olajide saw that he could lose a child by not acceding to what Lekan wanted, he sent him abroad landing in Paris first before crossing to Chicago in America. Aside from the fact that Pa Olajide was a blue Royal blood who became a Kabiesi in Ejinyan, a town tucked inside Ipoti, Lekan's father was a renowned educationist he was a famous Principal popular across the length and breath of the old Western Region. His mother, a kind and beautiful woman from the popular Olayomi family was a trained nurse from England who became a Matron at the Seventh Day Hospital in Ile Ife. Mama was a class, she was elegant and dainty and she carried the dignity and allure of an Olori, even those days. As children, we played some pranks that our parents must not know. For example, I was the 'boyfriend' of Alaska's mother. She would come to visit Alaska in school, and we would prostrate with our chins touching the ground but after we would have accoumpanied Alaska to seeing his Mom to her car and she would have given all of us biscuits and shared the Krola(Coke) that she brought, this beautiful mother would zoom off in her car if I am not mistaken, it was a Vauxall or a Peugeot 403. Then, she would become my 'girlfriend' again. When she died, I cried bitterly. I even took ill. I don't remember which of my friends in school was my mother's 'boyfriend'. Those were the good old days! Alaska was affable. He was a lady's man. He would always use four handkerchiefs with one protecting his white shirt from getting dirty around the neck, another one in his left knicker or trouser pocket, a third tucked into the left back pocket of his trouser hanging out for all to see and the forth held delicately in the palm of his right hand. Lekan Olajide loved life. Lekan Olajide loved family. Alaska was a lone bird who lead a successful siblings to success. To Alaska, there were no cousins. You are either a brother or a sister, a son or a daughter. He was a beautiful Olori Ebi. Cindy, Laura and Lekan Jnr, who I will henceforth call Alaska, should be proud to have been fathered by. Roland Emmy Olalekan Olajide. Yes, I know how he felt about you and the fact that all was well between him and you my children, Alaska will rest in Peace. Omo Olajide, this is how Alaska would beat his chest and say with pride, "EMI OMO OLAJIDE" . The three of you should take a cue from that and wear that badge of being an Olajide with your head raised high with pride. You came from a family that you should be proud of. He would not have died in vain if you continuously raise that name to another level. With your Aunty Iyabo, your Aunty Folasade, your Uncle Dr. Kunle, your Aunty in England whose name skips my aging memory and your roots in Olayomi's family, Gbenga that I remember, you cannot fail. Alaska, I am part of your family I will miss you until I die. I am Otunba Jumoke Ogunkeyede (JMK)
Posted by Cindy O. on February 19, 2021
Daddy, you are a true example of someone to look up to. You are the definition of selfless. Since I can remember you never forget a birthday, you always found the time to always remember people. You made time to show up to special occasions of family and friends. You always kept others in your prayers. If you ever felt slighted, I never heard of it. Growing up you always taught me to kill people with kindness because it will always get you further in life. Daddy you are a strong man that carried burden with grace. You never wanted me to feel your pain but yet you understood mine. I guess that's what a father does. You were my level head when i needed it and now you are gone. You were so many things to so many people and sometimes I envied that because I wanted you to myself. But this is life as I'm starting to realize, we are here for a period of time and then gone. You lived a well rounded life , though I wanted more, It was God's wish to call you home sooner than later. You're in good company, I"m sure of that. Daddy, I love you and may your sweet soul sleep in heavenly peace. You did good. I love you forever.
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Roland was born on October 23, 1949 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was born into the Aboloyinjo Olajide Royal Dynasty of Ejiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti-State, Nigeria. He attended Ilesha Grammer School and Adventist Grammer School Ede, both in present-day Osun State, Nigeria. He worked briefly with the Nigerian Immigration Service before relocating to the US in search of greener pastures.

Roland attended Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, where he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree in the fields of Criminal and Social justice. He worked in the Joliet Correctional Center in Illinois and later at Queen Anne’s County Correctional Center MD until he retired after about a total of 30 years of service in law enforcement. During his tenure of service in Queen Anne County, he received numerous awards for loyalty, diligence and outstanding performance.

He got married to his first wife, Kemi on July 29, 1978 and were both blessed with three beautiful children. On December 2, 1996 he got married to Sola, his wife and widow, with whom he spent the rest of his life.

Roland was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world.

Anyone who knew Roland knew that he was the most loving husband father a family could ever ask for. He loved to be around his children and grandchildren, his stepchildren and step grandchildren, his siblings, his numerous cousin, nieces and nephews who also loved to spend time with him.

He was very sociable and friendly. He loved to go fishing with Grafton, his bosom friend who he met at Queen Anne and who stood by him during a most difficult time of his life and with whom he kept in contact till he was called to rest. Roland was a lover of almost any genre of music. He loved to dance and sing. He started to learn how to play the keyboard last year. He was quite a handy man and loved to fix things around the house. He loved sports, politics and traveling. Roland loved the Lord and was a baptized member of the Seventh Day Adventist church until he was called to rest. Roland is survived by his wife, his children, grandchildren, his step children and step grandchildren, his siblings and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

We look forward to reuniting with Roland at the great resurrection of the saints. Until then, we bid our beloved Roland goodnight.



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Shared by M EDYANG-EKPA on February 12, 2021
Chief, Oloye, Prince Lekan Olajide, the angels may flap their wings a little more to usher you in with those your goggles that look so sporty and imposing on you, whether on native, suit or casual. Who taught the other? You to Shola or Shola to you? Rest in the Bossom of the Lord.
Shared by Oladimeji Olajide on February 9, 2021
You showed us affections. Feel concerned by updating us with necessary things concerning health issues and social well being. A journey you started came to an end gloriously.
Although its painful to the family but you slept well. You came you saw and you conquard.